Drug Roundup in Wise

Apr 15, 2009 Full story: TriCities 187

Wise County, Va., authorities targeted 31 people for arrest Wednesday after a drug task force investigation and grand jury indictments.

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flowfreely

Clarksville, TN

#3 Apr 17, 2009
i know all of those people, im so glad that i cleaned myself up and got away from there. i hope that one day wise county would be drug free, but for now they r cleaning house. i grew up with 10 of these people others i knew from back in the day. i had someone close to me within my family that just passed away from a overdose. its hard to get over drugs, its a long battle and it takes alot of will.
Firefly

Clarksville, TN

#4 Apr 18, 2009
Wise county needs a rehab center it would help alot of people that's one problem that I had I couldn't find help for myself everywhere I went they didn't have the resources for my addiction I hope that soon sheriff office will soon realize that would help alot of these people some kind of program.
Wise County

La Vergne, TN

#6 Apr 20, 2009
They don't want to help people they would rather bust them so the court system and the D.T.F can make money off the people on drugs that do and want to go to rehab.
yep

United States

#8 Apr 21, 2009
wow that's sad to hear
farter

United States

#9 Apr 22, 2009
Anything new?
mark jones

Christiansburg, VA

#10 Apr 30, 2009
well this is mark jones the detective lied about here.these are lies,pull down this post or face legal action.i can prove i dont take drugs beat my wife and as far as concerned in wise goes get ready i will get a search warrent tommorow to find where the message was sent from and get your check book out cause daddy is going to take your money for slander
Tonya

Montvale, VA

#11 Apr 30, 2009
You should mention this idea to the county Supervisors, chamber of commerce. I'm sure they would have enough need basis for a treatment center. The best are where they go cold turkey. The rest just transfer them to another addictive drug.There is a dry out center in Dryden, Va that sees much success
Firefly wrote:
Wise county needs a rehab center it would help alot of people that's one problem that I had I couldn't find help for myself everywhere I went they didn't have the resources for my addiction I hope that soon sheriff office will soon realize that would help alot of these people some kind of program.
Bubba B

Hermitage, TN

#12 May 1, 2009
mark jones wrote:
well this is mark jones the detective lied about here.these are lies,pull down this post or face legal action.i can prove i dont take drugs beat my wife and as far as concerned in wise goes get ready i will get a search warrent tommorow to find where the message was sent from and get your check book out cause daddy is going to take your money for slander
I thought 'slander' meant that someone is telling lies ? Didn't you get charged for brandishing a firearm an loosing your job at Appalachia Police Dept.for pulling a pistol on your wife a few yrs.back ? I always wondered how you got back on the police dept.anywhere . How does that work anyway ? I guess someone like Astrop that works @ county might be able to better answer those questions considering he has gotten away with a lot of domestic abuse type stuff .I think it's like one guy said: when you get to sorry to work you can always get a job as a cop or a cab driver. ;;;;;;;PEACE;;;
senica

Montvale, VA

#13 May 1, 2009
It's very hard to prove and expensive to trace especially is the LIES can be proved TRUE. Most of these court cases are a big embarrassment for the person screaming slander
ohteah

Roanoke, VA

#14 May 2, 2009
if there a charge like that he have hard time proving his credibility
heal

United States

#15 May 2, 2009
anymore drug arrest

“Knowledge is power.”

Since: Apr 09

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#16 May 4, 2009
mark jones wrote:
well this is mark jones the detective lied about here.these are lies,pull down this post or face legal action.i can prove i dont take drugs beat my wife and as far as concerned in wise goes get ready i will get a search warrent tommorow to find where the message was sent from and get your check book out cause daddy is going to take your money for slander
Thats such crap, how are you going to bring up charges on someone voicing concern and opinion?? Only guilty parties get offended.
update

Roanoke, VA

#17 May 4, 2009
Has anyone received the warrant? Should have by now. Funny he couldn't even spell warrant correctly. Isn't there something wrong with using your job position to threaten others? Somethings wrong with the hiring there, Donald street sweeper convicted over and over and still got his job back
flowfreely

Clarksville, TN

#18 May 4, 2009
i dont think that slander couldbe used for a case on here. this is a public forum for people who want to speak freely CAN. sorry mark jones, u always seemed like a good cop to me but i havent been there in yrs. things change so i cant say whether u have changed or not. anyway back to what i was saying about getting help for people with addiction and such. if the police and the community work together they could make a diff. for everyone. it would clean up the communities. indicting these people over and over is not helping. they get out of jail back to it again. something needs to change. i would really hate to see bsg get worse and then the whole town is on drugs or pot and whatever else is going on there,
GodIsTheBestJudg e

Christiansburg, VA

#21 May 10, 2009
I moved to live in Big Stone Gap just over 21 years ago, and I am really shocked to hear certain allegations that have been voiced here. I think any time anyone is in a position of authority there are going to be people that try to pull that person down, I guess there will always be people who are jealous of others or petty people who will do or say anything to "get even".
I do not know Mr. Jones personally, just when he was a resource officer at the local high school and recently when he was investigating an incident where my child was a victim of a violent crime. I can tell you that all of my children have spoken highly of him when he was the resource officer, that he did seem to be concerned for them and other students. I can speak about how diligently he worked to bring the person who hurt my child to trial. At all times in our family's interactions with him he was completely professional and very patient and calm; certainly not the behavior one would attribute to an addict or abusive person. I don't know if he really replied to #7's post...who knows, it could have even been the original poster just trying to start something.
What I do know is that I have always felt safe in this small town, so much so that I have turned down opportunities to travel and make a great deal more money just so that I could feel that my children were growing up where they would be "safe". For a little while, just after this incident with my child, my faith in this small town was shaken just a bit; but it was the actions of people like Mark Jones, and Adrian Collins and Vicky Wiandt and others in our local judicial system that restored my faith in this small place.
I have always felt that we have officials in this town and the county that want to make it a better place for everyone to live, and for such things to be posted about someone, well, if they are really true you should take it to someone who can do something about it, such as the Commonwealth Attorney's Office; if it isn't true then you have slandered everyone that lives in our town, because when you say things like that, it hurts all of us that live here, not just the person you have tried to tear down, and that is really petty, really sad and really disgusting.

Since: May 09

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#22 May 11, 2009
I moved to live in Big Stone Gap just over 21 years ago, and I am really shocked to hear certain allegations that have been voiced here. I think any time anyone is in a position of authority there are going to be people that try to pull that person down, I guess there will always be people who are jealous of others or petty people who will do or say anything to "get even".
I do not know Mr. Jones personally, just when he was a resource officer at the local high school and recently when he was investigating an incident where my child was a victim of a violent crime. I can tell you that all of my children have spoken highly of him when he was the resource officer, that he did seem to be concerned for them and other students. I can speak about how diligently he worked to bring the person who hurt my child to trial. At all times in our family's interactions with him he was completely professional and very patient and calm; certainly not the behavior one would attribute to an addict or abusive person. I don't know if he really replied to #7's post...who knows, it could have even been the original poster just trying to start something.
What I do know is that I have always felt safe in this small town, so much so that I have turned down opportunities to travel and make a great deal more money just so that I could feel that my children were growing up where they would be "safe". For a little while, just after this incident with my child, my faith in this small town was shaken just a bit; but it was the actions of people like Mark Jones, and Adrian Collins and Vicky Wiandt and others in our local judicial system that restored my faith in this small place.
I have always felt that we have officials in this town and the county that want to make it a better place for everyone to live, and for such things to be posted about someone, well, if they are really true you should take it to someone who can do something about it, such as the Commonwealth Attorney's Office; if it isn't true then you have slandered everyone that lives in our town, because when you say things like that, it hurts all of us that live here, not just the person you have tried to tear down, and that is really petty, really sad and really disgusting.

“Daggonit, baby.”

Since: May 09

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#24 Jun 21, 2009
Someone Who Cares wrote:
I believe that the whole system is a money racket.
It's a sad fact that D.T.F. and those associated with them are all in it for the money.
BUT.. I personally know of certain police officers like Mark Jones just to mention one. That do more pills than some of the people that have gotten indicted in the last three to four years.
When I was still into the drug genre a few years back I was at A dealers house,getting ready to buy hydrocodone and other stuff and right before I opened my car door to walk inside. Here comes Mark Jones skidding into the driveway. He got out and walked into the house he was in there for about 5 min or so before he emerged with a smile.
I just about shit when he waved at me and got back into his patrol car and left.
I got out of my car and went into the house and was like wtf is going on here and the dealer explains to me she had been dealing to Mark for years and that it was o.k.. That was the last time I went there for drugs .
This goes to show you certain people among our community can and do what ever they please while others pay the prices for the same exact thing.
Mark Jones is now a detective for the Big Stone Gap Police department and is known to be a women
beater, has had sex with under age girls and is a drug addict.
This is the same person that arrests people for doing the same thing he is getting away with.What a crock of crap the system does not work.
If anybody else know of police officers or public officials that abuse the law I think it's about time they pay the same price as those who are in court today for drugs 4-20-08
If you have enough money or know the right people you can get away with murder or anything else in Wise County. It's been that way for many, many years. One of my friends that still lives there says 'there are laws for the rest of the country and then there are laws for Wise County'.

“Daggonit, baby.”

Since: May 09

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#25 Jun 21, 2009
mark jones wrote:
well this is mark jones the detective lied about here.these are lies,pull down this post or face legal action.i can prove i dont take drugs beat my wife and as far as concerned in wise goes get ready i will get a search warrent tommorow to find where the message was sent from and get your check book out cause daddy is going to take your money for slander
What do you mean 'take your money for slander'? That sounds like a threat to me. How do you know that a judge would award you money or did you mean something else?

My brother is a sheriff and he says that you can't do anything unless you lose your job or anything else that causes you hardship and only if it is a lie in the first place. I would hope that a detective would know that.

“Daggonit, baby.”

Since: May 09

Location hidden

#26 Jun 21, 2009
Where can I find a list of the people arrested? I know someone who has been slinging dope around Wise County since the late 70's and I would like to see if he FINALLY got caught.

He's been arrested a couple of times but got off with a light spanking. No jail time at all.
Legally Yours

Roanoke, VA

#28 Jun 26, 2009
tenacious m wrote:
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What do you mean 'take your money for slander'? That sounds like a threat to me. How do you know that a judge would award you money or did you mean something else?
My brother is a sheriff and he says that you can't do anything unless you lose your job or anything else that causes you hardship and only if it is a lie in the first place. I would hope that a detective would know that.
Actually, assuming what was said was a lie, it would technically be libel and not slander since it was communicated in writing in a public manner rather than spoken. However, it doesn't matter whether or not anyone lost their job or suffered any actual harm if it can be proved that the INTENT was to cause harm to someone's character and the allegation is NOT true, this would be grounds for a suit for libel and they could seek a monetary award for the intent.

Proving that intent would depend on the character and motivation of the person who made the original statement. If it could be proved that the person who made the statement held a grudge against the person, or that they had some sort of combative relationship, say for example it was a statement made by a divorcing spouse or the friend or relation of a divorcing spouse, then the person who made the statement could indeed be sued for libel and monetary damages be awarded whether or not any actual harm occurred to the subject's reputation because the intent to cause harm was there. So while we have free speech, it would behoove people to be careful what they say in their speech, or write online, or in any other way "publish" if they are only saying it to be vindictive, and it can be proven that they have an axe to grind against someone and they have no objective proof that what they are saying is true.

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